Kentucky Students See Advanced Technology at Work

Ted Cains and students Iesha Houston and Megan Wallace.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Twenty students in the machinist program at Paul Blazer High School, Ashland, Ky., visited the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) in Huntington, W.Va., Tuesday for a close-up look at some of the most sophisticated machining equipment available to the nation’s manufacturers. Here, Ted Cains, manufacturing specialist and technical trainer, discusses the intricacies of machining an oil and gas well part with students Iesha Houston, left, and Megan Wallace. The students also learned about RCBI’s Machinist Technology Program which prepares young people for careers in manufacturing. RCBI operates Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center, all in West Virginia, to serve the region’s manufacturers.